DIVA (Jean-Jacques Beineix, 1981)

His exhilarating Diva, from the crime novel by Delacorta (Daniel Odier), gave no hint of what a depressed filmmaker Jean-Jacques Beineix would subsequently be. For all its corrupt cops, and for all the deadly danger that befalls young Jules, the Parisian postal carrier on his agile moped, there’s such an air of innocence about this […]

A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2004)

Jean-Pierre Jeunet, whose camera style and imagery Guillermo del Toro pilfered for his excrutiatingly bad Pan’s Labyrinth (2006), is a cherished filmmaker; not by me, however. I find his work hollow, lightweight and bedecked with pointless swooping camera movements and nonsensical digital effects. From Sébastien Japrisot’s novel, Un long dimanche de fiançailles is convolutedly plotted […]